peace offering

October 1, 2021

I came across this beautiful piece of carved stone this morning, showing King Akhenaten offering an olive branch to Aton. Aton, an Ancient Egyptian sun god, was depicted as the radiant disk of the sun. Here, Aton’s sun rays are shown as hands reaching our to accept the fruit. It is currently at the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung in Berlin. “In this fragment only the beautifully carved left hand of Akhenaten remains, holding a heavily laden branch of olives that appears to be caressed by the hands of the sun’s rays. The entire scene would have shown the king standing directly beneath the sun disk, facing what appears to be the olive tree from which he may have cut the branch. The upper boughs of the tree are to the right along the lower edge of the block. The text in the upper right has been intentionally destroyed, leaving only a few traces of the hieroglyphs.”

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